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Blowouts galore in the preseason last night but the morning brings brand new NFL news and rumors to digest. Not for the faint of heart, here are the latest updates.
Buffalo Bills trade wide receiver Lee Evans to Baltimore Ravens for draft pick
Nobody is probably under more pressure to win this season than the Baltimore Ravens. After consistent playoff appearances dating back to 2008, the Ravens have yet to reach the Super Bowl and now face a crisis on offense after a slew of free agency releases. Their largest area of need is wide receiver, which prompted the team to trade a fourth round pick to the Buffalo Bills for veteran Lee Evans who hopes to give quarterback Joe Flacco a badly needed deep threat when the season starts.
Pittsburgh Steelers corner Ike Taylor breaks thumb against Washington Redskins
Winning is not the most important thing in a preseason game. Staying healthy is. The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t avoid that lesson. NFL news and rumors reported yesterday that number one cornerback Ike Taylor broke his thumb on the second play of the game against the Washington Redskins. Coaches expect him not to play for at least a couple of weeks, making an already suspect Steelers secondary even weaker ahead of the regular season opener against Baltimore.
New York Giants offer a New Deal to defensive end Osi Umenyiora
Solidarity is the battle cry echoing from the New York Giants front office. Giants’ management remains under fire from fans after losing two key offensive players to free agency in wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss. The last thing the team needs is to lose star defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a contract holdout and possible trade as well. The Giants offered to restructure Umenyiora’s contract into a new deal that gives him an extra $400,000 to $1 million in incentives for his play on the field. It’s not the new contract the defensive end wanted, but it will be an appetizer for one more year. New York awaits his answer.
Philadelphia Eagles face questions with receivers Steve Smith and Jeremy Maclin
The Dream Team is not so dreamy on the injury front of late. Wide receiver remains a major concern for the Philadelphia Eagles with two of their top players out. Steve Smith, the recent free agent pickup from the Giants, got placed on the Physically Unable to Perform or PUP list for a lingering knee injury. Teammate Jeremy Maclin has been out even longer with an as yet unknown illness, raising questions about whether he is ready for the regular season despite missing the entire off season and training camp. Coach Andy Reid remains optimistic in the face of these two lingering problems.
President Obama grudgingly welcomes Green Bay Packers to White House
Anyone who has met Barack Obama knows he’s a die hard Chicago Bears fan. So it was obviously difficult for him welcoming the world champion Green Bay Packers to the White House south lawn. President Obama admitted his struggle and said he still wasn’t over the loss his Bears suffered in the NFC championship game. In the end though the President was a good sport, offering heartfelt congratulations to the Packers for overcoming so many injuries during their Super Bowl run. Obama did, however, possibly get in trouble with his hometown team when he innocently suggested Green Bay trade star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Chicago when the president received a share of ownership in the team. Not exactly endorsements for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
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New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
This is how Doug Marrone will know he’s not in college anymore. No opening week creampuffs on the schedule. The Bills are 2 23 against the Patriots in their past 25 meetings, and New England has won 11 consecutive games in the AFC East. Let’s see, the Bills have a rookie head coach, a rookie starting quarterback (EJ Manuel) coming off a knee issue and a rookie backup quarterback (Jeff Tuel). Has that ever happened before in a season opener? It’s not a bye week for New England, but I like its chances.
Sean Payton’s back on the sideline calling his favorite plays, but the real story of this game will be how Rob Ryan’s new look 3 4 defense fares against Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ high powered offense. Defense has often been an after thought when these NFC South rivals collide, but I can’t wait to see if the Saints set an early tone for the season on defense, playing that aggressive, blitz happy style that Ryan demands. Keep an eye trained on Saints rookie safety and first round pick Kenny Vaccaro. He’s an impact player in the literal sense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets
The return of ex Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis might actually get overshadowed a bit with New York rookie quarterback Geno Smith making his NFL starting debut. Revis said he’ll “spill the beans” on scouting the Jets on the Bucs’ behalf, and I think that’s the least he can do, given the big contract extension Tampa Bay awarded him. Don’t you think? I know it looks ugly at the moment, Jets fans, but don’t forget about last year’s opener, when New York scored 48 points in a win over Buffalo, after the first team offense sleep walked through the preseason. I suppose something similar could happen this year. But I doubt it.
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars
Hey, how come everyone’s not billing this as a showdown between the Chiefs’ Eric Fisher and the Jaguars’ Luke Joeckel, the top two picks in April’s draft? You know we would be blowing it up if they were rookie quarterbacks, but offensive right tackles don’t quite move the needle in the same manner. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid returns to the scene of his Super Bowl loss with the Eagles (the Patriots and Eagles played Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla.), but I like the quarterback matchup in this one. Blaine Gabbert told me this summer that he relates to Alex Smith as a first round quarterback who had to keep working at it before the pieces fell into place.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
Pretty interesting stuff from Steve Smith the other day, on how ex Carolina offensive coordinator turned Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was part of the problem in Charlotte in 2012. Smith’s case will get considerably stronger if Cam Newton and Co. go out on Sunday and knock off a Seattle team that has chic Super Bowl pick written all over it. But even without Gus Bradley at coordinator, I think the Seahawks’ defense is too stout to let the Panthers do much damage.
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears
I suppose if I picked the Bengals to be my AFC Super Bowl team, I should at least have the fortitude to ride them in their road opener, even though Soldier Field can be a tough place for opposing quarterbacks. I’d feel better about Cincinnati’s offensive prospects if I knew starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was going to be there to protect Andy Dalton’s blind side, but he’s looking doubtful. No matter. The Bengals’ defense is legit, and I’m just not ready to buy the Bears until I see what effect new head coach Marc Trestman has had on juicing up the offense.
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns
New Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace is going to look up Sunday and think he’s right back in the middle of those AFC North wars he knew so well in Pittsburgh. Not really, Mike. These Browns are better than the Browns the Steelers used to regularly beat. I’m expecting a hot start by second year Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden, who last year had the most wins ever by a Browns rookie quarterback (five). You read that right. Five. From Mike Phipps to Tim Couch, that bar was set pretty darn low.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Do you realize that if Adrian Peterson doesn’t rush for at least 156 yards against the Lions he’s already behind the pace he’ll need to reach those 2,500 yards he has set as a goal? And if he doesn’t run for at least 132, he won’t be on track to break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105, the mark he narrowly missed last season. I’m just doing the math so you don’t have to. But come game’s end, will the running back who steals the show be Detroit’s Reggie Bush?
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
I talked to Clay Matthews a couple times in recent months and suffice to say the Packers’ defense has been fixated on this game and slowing down the Colin Kaepernick Express that ran over Green Bay in the playoffs. Matthews talked this week about being able to hit the quarterback as he’s carrying out his play fake in the read option attack, and that got 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh a bit irritated, because he sees a gray area in how the QB protection rules might be interpreted. Oh, yeah, this is our Game of the Week. Sunday at Candlestick is definitely going to be dramatic.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
The Giants absolutely love playing at Cowboys Stadium, or whatever they’re calling it these days for a big, fat naming rights check. Tom Coughlin’s guys are 4 0 there, and own the place to the degree that they even feel comfortable writing on the walls. But I’ve got the feeling that Tony Romo is going to say enough is enough, and will Dallas to a season opening win. Romo has had some gaudy passing yardage totals against New York of late, and this time he’ll roll up enough points that even Eli Manning can’t mount a successful comeback.
Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers
Somewhere it is written in the office of the league schedule maker: The Chargers shall open their season in the second game of the Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader, when a good portion of the country is starting to think about going to bed, and has overdosed on that first blast of regular season action. This is the third time in four seasons that San Diego has drawn that opening game time slot, but this one won’t be worth staying up too late for. Houston has won four consecutive road openers, and if the Texans have Super Bowl aspirations, this is the kind of game they have to put in the win column.
Rob Ford to talk NFL on Washington radio station
“We think he’s hilarious,” the station said via its Twitter account. capital. appearance.Ford’s connection to football is nothing short of an obsession.He told CBC News he has been a big Washington Redskins fan since he was young and once attended a training camp for the team. He also likes the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins (which he calls “the Fish”) and Chicago Bears.When asked about the Redskins team name, which has been opposed for decades as a slur against native Americans, Ford said the name should not be changed. He likened it to the name of Cleveland’s baseball team, the Indians.”What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Aboriginals next? The ‘Skins are the ‘Skins,” Ford said.The mayor has coached high school teams for decades, and regularly attends CFL games all over Canada.Ford famously wore a vintage NFL tie on the day he admitted to using crack cocaine while in office. The tie featured logos of all NFL teams, circa the 1993 4 season.He also recently attended a Buffalo Bills game in Toronto against the Atlanta Falcons, wearing running back Fred Jackson’s jersey. He wears Toronto Argos jerseys to council on occasion as well.